Film: Undercover Brother

We start with a black U.S. Army general who, in the beginning, looks like a good, respectable possibility for a black president. No scandals in his past at all.

But The Chessmaster known only as "The Man" and his evil organization get to the general and leave him brainwashed. Right when he's supposed to be announcing his candidacy, he gives up his dream of politics to run a chain of fried chicken restaurants. It's evil fried chicken, too, but we don't learn that immediately.

The good secret organization, The BROTHERHOOD, needs to stop this before it goes any farther. But to do that, they must call the great Blaxploitation hero Undercover Brother. Undercover Brother is stuck in The '70s, but he knows kung fu.

Undercover Brother is asked to infiltrate the evil Organization undercover. He is given a watch that sprays hot sauce to fight off the potential evil of mayonnaise on white bread. But, once on assignment, he meets an incredibly beautiful blonde who appears to be trying to befriend him, and things go bad...

Based on a Web Animation.

Tropes:

  • The Ace: Undercover Brother himself: Master of Disguise and expert at martial arts and infiltration.
  • Action Girl: Sistah Girl, and White She Devil after she reveals herself as The Mole.
  • Adorkable: Anton Jackson, Smart Brother, and Lance
  • Afro Asskicker: Undercover Brother
  • All According to Plan: An alarm goes off at Multinational Inc. and reveals that the BROTHERHOOD agent Undercover Brother has infiltrated the building. Instead of being dismayed, The Dragon Mr. Feather says "The Brotherhood is making their move. Just as I expected."
  • An Aesop: Undercover Brother's preaching about teamwork.
  • Anonymous Ringer: Warren Boutwell, a former general and Secretary of Defense who was thought to be considering a Presidential run. AKA General Colin Powell.
  • Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Smart Brother's interrogation of White She-Devil and Conspiracy Brother's listing of black people not given proper credit.
  • As Himself: James Brown, actually Undercover Brother in disguise.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Undercover Brother must be a huge fan of Bruce Lee, such as his screaming Goomba Stomp.
  • Aside Comment: Multiple examples by Undercover Brother.
  • Aside Glance
    • While the title character is flying through the air toward some enemy Mooks, he briefly turns his head and looks at the camera.
    • In the end credits. After Undercover Brother takes his car through a car wash and several female attendants are flirting with him he turns his head and broadly winks at the camera.
  • Ass Shove: Undercover Brother sticks his foot inside an opponent's ass, complete with X-ray camera shot.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Sistah Girl and White She-Devil late in the film.
  • Bait-and-Switch Gunshot: White She Devil shoots two enemy Mooks after the motorcycle chase.
  • Battle Trophy: Mr. Feather feels this way about Undercover Brother's medallion.
  • Becoming the Mask: Undercover Brother becomes his mild-mannered secret identity: Anton Jackson.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Conspiracy Brother - Words and phrases he thinks are racist, like "Hi" and "Good morning".
    • Mr. Feather, when he realizes that he's being subconsciously influenced by black culture.
    • Lance - "I. Am not. A SISSY!"
    • Undercover Brother - "You mess with the 'fro, you got to go."
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Lance.
  • Big "NO!": A mook does this as Undercover Brother is about to stamp down on him.
  • Big Red Button: See Self-Destruct Mechanism
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Mr. Feather during the final battle with Undercover Brother.
  • Bland-Name Product: GFC/General's Fried Chicken (KFC/Kentucky Fried Chicken) and Khaki Republic (Banana Republic)
  • Blaxploitation: With a modern twist. Somewhat reconstructed. It's all in good fun, though, as the target demographic this time was white people.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Penelope Snow, AKA White She Devil.
  • Book Ends: Undercover Brother does a parachute jump at the beginning and end of the movie.
  • Bring It
    • Lance gestures to a guard and says "Come on!" to a guard before killing him.
    • Also spoofed during the pre-fight posturing between Undercover Brother and Mr. Feather. They both resort to increasingly elaborate gestures, trying to one-up the other. Undercover Brother wins. And all to the sound of "Beat It".
  • Calling Shotgun: Conspiracy Brother, as the group runs to the hovercraft.
  • Cat Fight: White She Devil vs. Sistah Girl. In slo mo. In a shower. Causing the men to stop fighting and grab a bag of popcorn. And condoms. Can't say the movie didn't advocate safe sex. Can you really blame them? Some things transcend one's affiliation.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: The title character changes his clothes while jumping through a window. At other times he, Sistah Girl and Penelope Snow change their outfits by having their outer tearaway clothing ripped off of them (or ripping it off themselves).
  • Chekhov's Gun: James Brown in the introduction, the rear-view mirror balls, and "Don't touch the 'fro".
  • The Chessmaster: The Man
  • Chewing the Scenery: Chris Kattan as Mr. Feather. And how. He ends up having better moves than even Undercover Brother.
  • Code Name: Undercover Brother, Smart Brother, Conspiracy Brother, Sistah Girl, The Man. Mr. Feather might be one.
  • Combat Haircomb: Combat Afro Picks!
  • Compensating for Something: Sistah Girl accuses Undercover Brother of this, citing the afro, car and medallion.
  • Conspiracy Kitchen Sink: All conspiracies relating to blacks are true, except the one that OJ is innocent.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Conspiracy Brother
  • Cool Car: The title character's 1970s Cadillac DeVille Convertible (mistakenly called a Coupe deVille).
  • Cowboy Cop: Undercover Brother, after joining the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Undercover Brother (undercover as "Anton Jackson") and Penelope Snow AKA White She Devil
  • The Mole: White She Devil, while going by the name Penelope Snow.
  • Mook Chivalry: Sistah Girl and White She Devil in the Communications Room.
  • Nobody Calls Me Chicken: Lance goes off the deep end when he gets called a sissy.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Undercover Brother is very protective of his Afro, including telling Sista Girl, "Don't touch the hair!"; telling Conspiracy Brother, "Don't touch the 'fro!", and beating up Mr. Feather when he cuts off a piece of it: "You mess with the 'fro, you got to go."
  • No Party Given: An in-universe discussion of this takes place when the characters muse what party the General will run for President as.
  • Not My Driver: When Mr. Feather kidnaps James Brown.
  • N-Word Privileges
  • Offhand Backhand: Sista Girl, to Undercover Brother and a golf course security guard.
  • Outrun the Fireball: Undercover Brother does this at the end of the movie.
  • Parody Sue: Undercover Brother doesn't even spill his full Big Gulp when in an uncontrolled tailspin.
  • Pass the Popcorn: UCB and White She Devil's mooks, during her Cat Fight with Sistah Girl.
  • Pistol Pose
  • Pistol-Whipping: A security guard at the golf course to our hero, and Conspiracy Brother to Mr. Elias in the island fortress communications room.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "You mess wit' the 'fro, you gots to go!"
  • The Precarious Ledge: While infiltrating the Mega Corp. Multinational Inc., the title character must make his way along a ledge high up on the outside of a building in order to reach a room where he can download information from a computer.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy
    • White supremacist Mr. Feather constantly seems to have to battle to suppress an urge to be one of these. This causes him some stress.
    You see what's happening, don't you?! How we're being corrupted by their hipper-than-thou fashion and cool slang you can't help but use?!
    • At the end The Man as well.
  • Punch Catch: Sistah Girl to Conspiracy Brother when he tries to punch Lance in the face.
  • Punched Across the Room: White She Devil to Sistah Girl and Undercover Brother to Mr. Feather, both times with a kick.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: Conspiracy Brother is prone to these at the mention of words so innocuous as "hello".
  • Rasputinian Death: Mr. Feather is dropped out of a helicopter over the ocean. Just before falling hundreds of feet (the impact alone of which would've killed him instantly) a great white shark leaps out of the water, and eats him.
  • Reverse Mole: White She Devil, when The Man's guards catch the BROTHERHOOD infiltrators in the Communications Room.
  • Schmuck Bait: The Big Red Button labeled "Atomic Core".
    Conspiracy Brother: "Atomic co-ray", huh? Let's see what this so-called "button" does...
  • Secret Test: Sista Girl pointing a gun at Undercover Brother to test his courage.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: The Atomic Core on The Man's island fortress.
  • The '70s: Undercover Brother's character is based on this era.
  • Sex Face Turn: See High Heel-Face Turn above.
  • Shoe Phone: Two pairs of Tricked-Out Shoes and a Gadget Watch.
  • Shout Out: Multiple examples.
  • Sickening Crunch: Subverted. Undercover Brother is about to stomp a Mook who's lying on the ground. We see him stomp and hear a horrible crunching sound as he twists his foot but we don't actually see the stomp connect. Just when you think he's smashed the Mook's head in, the camera looks down and we see that he actually smashed a bag of potato chips. This doesn't make the mook any happier, as he moans that he had just bought them.
  • The Smart Guy: Smart Brother, naturally.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: White She Devil's lament.
  • The Stoner: Conspiracy Brother. It's strongly hinted that his paranoia is due to his drug use.
  • Storming the Castle
  • Strawman Political: Parodied like everything else. Conspiracy Brother snaps "What have the Republicans ever done for black people?!" Smart Brother uses the "Lincoln was a Republican" rebuttal and seems ready to continue, only for Conspiracy Brother to interrupt with "Fine, fine, list two things Republicans have done for black people lately!" While Conspiracy Brother is extremely paranoid, and will make assumptions as ridiculous as thinking that saying "Good Morning" is racist, that particular incident is revealed to actually be a legitimate, but poorly thought-through argument when one reviews history: while the majority of Republicans in the late 19th century were originally against slavery, the party's ideals concerning race changed considerably by the late 20th century: most Republicans(especially those in Southern states, like former Mississippi governor, J.P. Coleman) were very much against racial integration, and terrorist activity by the Ku Klux Klan was heaviest in southern states that were overwhelmingly Republican, like Mississippi and Alabama. While Conspiracy Brother's allegations are often wild and thoughtless, they do sometimes stem from actual fact, so the movie sort of plays with this trope.
  • Stylistic Suck: Anton singing karaoke.
  • Take the Wheel: The title character has Sistah Girl do this during the golf cart chase.
  • Tap on the Head: Undercover Brother to two Mooks, Sistah Girl and White She Devil to a group of mooks in the Communications Room.
  • Token White: Lance, who was hired because of affirmative action. Later White She Devil joins as well.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: One of the trailers specifically said that Penelope Snow was White She Devil, AKA "Black Man's Kryptonite", which was a major reveal/surprise.
  • Trap Door
  • Tricked-Out Shoes: UB had two pairs — one takes you up, one sends data.
  • Vertigo Effect: Right after Anton bumps into Penelope.
  • What Does This Button Do?: It's the Self-Destruct Mechanism for the "atomic co-ray".
  • Where Da White Women At?: Penelope Snow, AKA White She-Devil, aka Black Man's Kryptonite. The other guys at the BROTHERHOOD ask UCB whether his "first time" with her was really that good.
    • Were her nipples pink?
    • Of course Lance was doing it, too.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Undercover Brother, as the Rastafarian golf caddy and Anton Jackson.
  • You Have Failed Me: The Man to Mr. Feather after he failed to kill Undercover Brother.